Skip to main content

Nancy Pelosi
  Speaker Pelosi Statement on Impeachment Inquiry  CSPAN  September 24, 2019 6:06pm-6:13pm EDT

6:06 pm
she cannot unilaterally decide when an impeachment in-- we're in an impeachment inquiry. what she said today makes no going nce to what's been going on. it's no different than what nadler has been trying to do it's time to put the public before politics. thank you. reporter: are you afraid that you're on the wrong side of this? host: very brief statement from house republican leader kevin mccarthy, reacting to news that the house democrats agreed to move forward on an impeachment inquiry into president trump. speaker pelosi making that announcement this afternoon. we'll show you her comments and continue our phone calls up nell house gaveling in at about 6:20 eastern time. here's speaker pelosi from just a short while ago. ms. pelosi: good afternoon.
6:07 pm
last tuesday, we observed the anniversary of the adoption of the constitution, on september 17. sadly, on that day, the intelligence community inspector general formally notified the congress that the administration was forbidding him from turning over in a whistleblower complaint. on constitution day. this is a violation of the law. shortly thereafter, press reports began to break of a phone call by the president of the united states calling upon a foreign power to intervene in his election. this is a breach of his constitutional responsibilities. the facts are these. the intelligence community inspector general, who was appointed by president trump, determined that the complaint was cause for urgent concern and credible. and its disclosure relates to one of the most significant and important of the director of
6:08 pm
national intelligence's responsibilities to the american people. on thursday, the inspector general testified before the house intelligence committee stating that he acting director of national intelligence blocked him from disclosing the whistleblower complaint. this is a violation of law. the law is unequivocal. d.n.i., director of national intelligence, shall provide congress the full whistleblower complaint. for more than 25 years i've served on the intelligence committee as a member, as the ranking member, as part of a gang of four even before i was in leadership. i was there when we created the office of the director of national intelligence. that did not exist before 2004. i was there even earlier in the 1990's when we wrote the wristle
6:09 pm
bush whistleblower laws an continued to write them, to improve them, to assure the security of our intelligence and safety of our whistleblowers. i know what their purpose was. and we proceeded with balance and caution as we wrote the laws. i can say with authority, the trump administration's actions undermine both our national security and our intelligence and our protection of whistleblowers. more than both. this thursday, the acting d.n.i. will appear before the house intelligence committee. at that time, he must turn over the whistleblower full complaint to the committee. he will have to choose whether to break the law or honor his responsibility to the constitution. on the final day of the constitutional convention in 1787, when our constitution was adopted, americans gathered on the steps of independence hall to wait the news of the government our founders had crafted. they asked benjamin franklin,
6:10 pm
what do we have, a republic or a monarchy? franklin replied, a republic, if you can keep it. our responsibility is to keep it. our republic endures because of the wisdom of our constitution enshrined in three co-equal branches of government serving as checks and balances on each other. the actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the constitution, especially when the president says article 2 says i can do whatever i want. for the past several months, we have been investigating in our committees and litigating in the courts. so the house can gather all relevant facts and consider whether to exercise its full article 1 powers, including a constitutional power of the utmost gravity, approving of articles of impeachment. this week the president has admitted to asking the president
6:11 pm
of ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically. the action of -- the actions of the trump presidency reveal dishonorable facts of the president's betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our election. therefore, today, i'm announcing the house of representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquishry. i'm directing our six committees to proceed with their investigations under that umbrella. of impeachment inquiry the president must be held accountable. no one is above the law. getting back to our founders, in the darkest days of the american , volution, thomas payne wrote the times have found us. not to place ourselveses in the same category of greatness as our founders but to place us in the urgency of protecting and
6:12 pm
defending our constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. in the words of ben franklin, to keep our republic. i thank our chairman, chairman nadler, chairman schiff, chairman nadler of the judiciary, chairman schiff of intelligence, chairman engel, foreign affairs. chairman cummings, oversight, and chairman cummings i have been in touch with constantly. he's a master of so much including inspectors general and whistleblowers. congresswoman -- congressman richard neal, congresswoman maxine waters of the financial services committee. i commend all our members, our colleagues, for their thoughtful approach to all of this, their careful statement. god bless them, god bless america. thank you all. reporter: madam speaker.